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Sony AX53 4K Handycam with Exmor R CMOS Sensor - FDR-AX53

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Key Features

  • Image Sensor Type: 1/2.5” (7.20mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Optical Zoom: 20.0x
  • Supported Memory: Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
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Key Features

  • Image Sensor Type: 1/2.5” (7.20mm) back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor
  • Optical Zoom: 20.0x
  • Supported Memory: Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Sony AX53 4K Handycam with Exmor R CMOS Sensor - FDR-AX53

Sony AX53 4K Handycam with Exmor R CMOS Sensor - FDR-AX53

FDR-AX53 4K Handycam® with Exmor R® CMOS sensor
Your moments deserve the stunning clarity that only 4K Ultra HD can provide. With wide-angle lens, a 20x zoom and the unrivaled stability of Balanced Optical Steady Shot, you’ll always get the perfect shot. Fast Intelligent Autofocus and new 5-direction microphone ensure clean and crisp video and sound, all in a compact body.

Stunning video in both 4k/24p/30p and Full HD 60p/30p
Capture the finest details in 4k (QFHD: 3840 x 2160), 4x Full HD resolution. A newly developed image sensor, with pixels of approximately 1.6 times bigger size1, offers superior sensitivity for capturing beautiful high-quality images with less noise under dark as well as bright shooting conditions. The XAVC S™codec and incredibly high resolution produces vibrant and extremely realistic images. What’s more, the blazingly fast image processor is the same one employed in professional Sony models, making it possible to record 30p movies in 4K and 60p in Full HD 1080 resolution for incredibly smooth and sharp playback, with no loss in realism, even when panning the camera and shooting moving subjects. Shoot in Full HD at 120/100fps (NTSC/PAL), edit the footage after shooting, and enjoy incredibly smooth and sharp slow-motion video.

Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization w/ Intelligent Active Mode
On standard Optical SteadyShot™ camcorders, a single “shift lens” is moved in the optical block to offset camera shake. Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ moves the entire optical block at once, maintaining the integrity of the optical path and reducing shake and distortion in videos and still photos. BOSS has now been improved to offer 5-xis stabilization from wide angle to telephoto.

Fast Intelligent AF captures the decisive moment
Fast Intelligent AF achieves incredibly rapid and accurate contrast-detection. It minimizes lens motion, predicting the AF range, and accelerates the lens drive, thereby improving response so you can capture precise moments.

Get wider on and closer to your subjects and scenery with a 26.8mm ZEISS lens with 20x Optical Zoom
This new lens helps to depict remarkable details of high-quality 4K images throughout its wide-angle-to-telephoto range. The use of an AA (advanced aspherical) lens not only keeps depiction faithful — it also keeps the lens unit compact. ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens helps to ensure accurate reproduction of color. Multilayer ZEISS T* Coating further enhances image quality by reducing unwanted reflection, such as ghost and flare. Whether you’re shooting movies or still images this professional wide-angle 26.8mm ZEISS lens captures more breathtaking landscapes and indoor scenes, when you don’t have enough room to step back. With a 20x Optical zoom.

Pro features such as manual control ring and time code
Enjoy total customization with ergonomic manual controls. Use the intuitive multi-purpose manual ring to adjust zoom, focus, exposure, IRIS, shutter speed, AE shift, or white balance shift mode after using the manual button to select the mode. Time Code and User Bit can be added to movies as data elements. Time Code function records hours/minutes/seconds/frames on image data for precise advanced video editing. User Bit function records information such as date/time/scene number, etc. in eight-digit arbitrary numbers, and is useful for editing movies using two or more cameras.

Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S™, AVCHD® and MP4 codecs
By employing XAVC S™ format, which was developed from the XAVC format for professional use, 4K 100Mbpsand Full HD 50Mbps high-bitrate recording5 realize incredibly high-quality images. Yet, XAVC S data is compressed so that it is more manageable for general consumers.

High contrast 0.27" EVF and 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD™ with WhiteMagic™
The FDR-AX53 employs a newly designed high contrast .27” EVF, using four dual-surface spherical lenses, allows for a 33-degree wide angle view that is amazingly clear through the edge of the view finder. The high-precision 3.0”Xtra Fine LCD features a WhiteMagic™ display that uses white pixels in addition to RGB pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors.

Premium 5 directional mic for realistic sound reproduction
The FDR-AX53 has a premium mic with a new structural design that enables it to gather sound from 5 directions. This enables the camera to reproduce clearer sound, yielding up to 40% less noise and is twice as effective as a 2ch stereo (for XAVC S shooting) and three times as effective as 5.1ch surround sound performance. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce audio with clearly defined separation. Advanced sound features such as Auto Wind Noise Reduction and Premium Closer Voice make it even easier to attain ideal sound quality in various situations. Records high quality linear PCM (XAVC S) and AAC-LC 2ch (MP4).

Produce high quality 4K Time Lapse for an immersive experience
You can capture 4K size still images continuously over an extensive period of time at a selected constant interval from each shot to the next, edit the entire sequence of still images in post-production, and enjoy playback of that series of images as a time-lapse movie.

Connect, control, backup, share and broadcast wirelessly with NFC13/Wi-Fi®
Easily connect to an Android or iOS smartphone or tablet with Wi-Fi® and the PlayMemories™ Mobile app to control the camcorder (Rec, photo, zoom) or instantly transfer, share movies and photos via your mobile device. NFC (Near Filed Communication) makes it even easier to connect to NFC compatible mobile devices with one touch.
Share the adventure as it happens via Ustream® live streaming. Now your circle of friends and family can share the excitement in real time by simply logging in to Ustream from anywhere. You can also link your favorite social accounts with the streaming to notify your friends when you start streaming video.
Add a different point of view by including other camera angles to your movies. The camcorder connects up to five compatible cameras12-like an Action Cam - via Wi-Fi® and uses the camcorder’s LCD to preview what the other cameras are seeing and simultaneously start recording on all synced cameras. Use PlayMemories™ Home5 to easily edit a multi-view movie for a great video experience.

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Physical Characteristics

  • Dimensions
    2 7/8" x 3 1/4" x 6 5/8" / 73.0mm x 80.5mm x 166.5mm
  • Available Colors
  • Weight
    590.0 grams
  • Filter Size


  • Interface
    Memory Stick PRO Duo and SD / SDHC / SDXC compatible, Wi-fi, headphone jack, Multi Interface Shoe, DC input connector, micro HDMI (out), Multi / Micro USB Terminal
  • Microphone Type Or Terminal
    stereo minijack
  • Speaker
    monaural speaker, built-in zoom microphone
  • Remote Control
    optional Remote Commander
  • Light Connection
    not specified
  • Tripod Socket

Video Capture

  • Available Image Sizes
    XAVC S 4K : 3840 x 2160/30p, 24p<br />XAVC S HD : 1920 x 1080/60p, 30p, 24p<br />AVCHD : 1920 x 1080/60p(PS),24p(FX,FH),60i(FX,FH), 1440 x 1080/60i(HQ,LP)<br />MP4: 1280 x 720 30p

Video Recording

  • Camcorder Type
    Digital 4K, NFC Capable, Wi-Fi Capable, HD - High Definition
  • Image Stabilization Technology
    Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
  • Formats
    XAVC S format:MPEG4-AVC/H.264<br />AVCHD format ver.2.0 compatible:MPEG4-AVC/H.264<br />MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
  • Image Sensor Type
    1/2.5&rdquo; (7.20mm) back-illuminated Exmor R&reg; CMOS Sensor

Audio Capture

  • File Format
    MPEG-4 Linear PCM 2ch(48kHz/16bit) *10<br />Dolby Digital 5.1ch, Dolby Digital 5.1Creator *11<br />Dolby Digital 2ch Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator *12<br />MPEG-4 AAC-LC 2ch *12<br />*10. Video Mode is XAVC S HD or 4K.<br />*11. Video Mode is
  • File Format
    AVCHD.<br />*12. Video Mode is MP4.
  • Audio Recording System
    16-bit (48kHz/2 channels)

Still Picture Capture

  • Still Photography Capable
  • Still Picture Resolution
    8.29 effective megapixels
  • Photo File Formats
    DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compatible
  • Still Image Size
    3840 x 2160 pixels, 1920 x 1080 pixels, 5440 x 3056 pixels
  • Expandable Memory For Still Pictures
    SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick PRO Duo
  • Flash
    optional flash through accessory shoe

Lens And Focus

  • Lens Type
    Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Lens
  • Lens Construction
    not specified
  • Digital Zoom
  • Optical Zoom
  • Focal Length
    Movie: f=1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch *1 (f=26.8-536.0mm) (16:9)<br />Photo: f=1 1/16 - 21 1/8 inch (16:9), f=1 5/16 - 25 7/8 (4:3) (f=26.8-536.0mm(16:9) f=32.8-656.0mm (4:3)<br />*1.When &quot;SteadyShot&quot; is set to &quot;Standard&quot; or &quot;Off&quo
  • Focal Length
  • Aperture Range
    F2.0 - F3.8
  • Lens Mount
  • Focusing Distance
    Approx.1cm - 13/32inch (Wide), Approx.80cm - 31 1/2inch (Tele)

Exposure Imaging

  • Scene Modes
    auto, Night scene, sunrise & sunset, Portrait, Fireworks, landscape, Spotlight, Beach, Snow
  • Shooting Drive Modes
    Single shot, self-timer (10s)
  • Exposure Metering System
    Spot, multi-segment
  • Exposure Capture Modes
    Auto, Flexible Spot (touch panel), Manual (Ring / Menu)
  • White Balance
    Auto, Onepush, outdoor, indoor
  • Maximum Shutter Speed
  • Minimum Shutter Speed
  • Movie Effects
    Not specified


  • Light Type
    not specified
  • Minimum Illumination
    4K: Standard:9 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)<br />HD: Standard:6 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)<br />4K: Low Lux 1.8 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)<br />HD: Low Lux 1.2 lux (1/30 Shutter Speed)<br />NightShot: 0 lux (1/60 Shutter Speed)

Viewing Features

  • Display
    3.0&quot; Xtra Fine LCD&trade; 921,600 dots
  • Viewfinder
    0.24&quot; / 0.6cm Color 1,555,200 dots equivalent
  • Menu Languages
    English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese


  • Supply
    InfoLITHIUM® with AccuPower™ Meter System (NP-FV30)


Additional Features

  • Underwater Capabilities

Included In The Box

  • Accessories
    <em>■ Supplied accessories may vary by region or country!</em>, Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FV70, AC adapter, Power Cord, Operating guide, Micro HDMI Cable, micro USB Cable
  • Software
    PlayMemories Home

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